Bright lights vs Lower lights

Have you ever felt like you are not the bright and shining light you had hoped you would be? While listening to the old hymn, by Philip P. Bliss, “Let the Lower Lights be Burning” I realized something. I guess we all know that when you are driving your car in fog you use your low beam so that you can see the road. If you use the high beam you can’t see through the thick white low-flying clouds. When sailors are sailing the sea and fog comes rolling in they look for the lights and listen for the foghorn from the lighthouse, but the light they can see are the “lower lights” and that is what guides them safely back to the shore.

  1. Brightly beams our Father’s mercy,
    From His lighthouse evermore,
    But to us He gives the keeping
    Of the lights along the shore.

    • Refrain:
      Let the lower lights be burning!
      Send a gleam across the wave!
      Some poor *struggling, fainting seaman
      You may rescue, you may save.
  2. Dark the night of sin has settled,
    Loud the angry billows roar;
    Eager eyes are watching, longing,
    For the lights along the shore.
  3. Trim your feeble lamp, my brother;
    Some poor sailor, tempest-tossed,
    Trying now to make the harbor,
    In the darkness may be lost.

 Point: You may not be the brightest light out there but if you keep your light steady and consistently shining you may be able to guide someone who is struggling in life back to safety and the True Light, Jesus Christ.

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